Every pick from the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft will likely get multi-million dollar contracts -- here's what each player is expected to make

Tom Pennington/Getty ImagesGetting picked during the 2018 NFL Draft’s first-round means a total salary package worth millions.
  • The 2018 NFL Draft’s first-round concluded on Thursday night.
  • Projected salaries for the rookies are based on the NFL’s Salary Cap and the Rookie Compensation Pool.
  • Quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was drafted to the Cleveland Browns in the first draft pick, is expected to get a total contract of $US33,158,294 and signing bonus of $US22,185,523.

NFL players aren’t just known for their skills on the field, but for the fat paychecks that keep them there.

After four quarterbacks off the board in the first ten picks and multiple trades during the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday, salary predictions for NFL’s newest players are at the ready.

With the help of sports attorney Jason Belzer, Forbes took a look at the expected compensation for all 32 draft picks based on the NFL’s Salary Cap, which is expected to be approximately $US177.2 million per team, and its Rookie Compensation Pool, which limits the total amount teams can spend on a rookie’s first year salary and their four-year contract.

The pool is estimated at $US1.25 billion, with $US520 million allocated to first-round draft picks. That number is divided among all 32 NFL teams in proportion to their total draft pick number and the position of those picks in each round.

If signed to a contract, each rookie drafted will get a four-year deal with a minimum base salary of $US480,000 (Year 1), $US555,000 (Year 2), $US630,000 (Year 3), $US705,000 (Year 4).

But those numbers can hike up.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was drafted to the Cleveland Browns in the first pick, is expected to get a total contract of $US33,158,294 and signing bonus of $US22,185,523. Meanwhile, quarterback Lamar Jackson, who was drafted to the Baltimore Ravens during the 32nd pick, has an estimated total contract of $US9,589,930 and signed bonus of $US5,044,895.

Scroll through below to see the estimated total contract and signing bonus of all 32 draft picks from the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft.


32. Baltimore Ravens — Lamar Jackson, Quarterback

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Total Contract: $US9,589,930

Signing Bonus: $US5,044,895


31. New England Patriots — Sony Michel, Running Back

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Total Contract: $US9,747,362

Signing Bonus: $US5,159,391


30. Minnesota Vikings — Mike Hughes, Cornerback

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Total Contract: $US9,991,865

Signing Bonus: $US5,337,210


29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Taven Bryan, Defensive Tackle

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Total Contract: $US10,283,751

Signing Bonus: $US5,549,491


28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Terrell Edmunds, Safety

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Total Contract: $US10,834,932

Signing Bonus: $US5,950,351


27. Seattle Seahawks — Rashaad Penny, Running Back

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Total Contract: $US10,903,622

Signing Bonus: $US6,000,306


26. Atlanta Falcons — Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver

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Total Contract: $US11,040,975

Signing Bonus: $US6,100,200


25. Baltimore Ravens — Hayden Hurst, Tight End

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Total Contract: $US11,178,372

Signing Bonus: $US6,200,124


24. Carolina Panthers — D.J. Moore, Wide Receiver

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Total Contract: $US11,315,742

Signing Bonus: $US6,300,030


23. New England Patriots — Isaiah Wynn, Tackle

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Total Contract: $US11,590,492

Signing Bonus: $US6,499,849


22. Tennessee Titans — Rashaan Evans, Linebacker

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Total Contract: $US11,727,863

Signing Bonus: $US6,599,755


21. Cincinnati Bengals — Billy Price, Center

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Total Contract: $US11,865,242

Signing Bonus: $US6,699,667


20. Detroit Lions — Frank Ragnow, Center

Total Contract: $US11,933,932

Signing Bonus: $US6,749,623


19. Dallas Cowboys — Leighton Vander Esch, Linebacker

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Total Contract: $US12,002,612

Signing Bonus: $US6,799,573


18. Green Bay Packers — Jaire Alexander, Cornerback

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Total Contract: $US12,208,682

Signing Bonus: $US6,949,441


17. San Diego Chargers — Derwin James, Safety

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Total Contract: $US12,552,112

Signing Bonus: $US7,199,209


16. Buffalo Bills — Tremaine Edmunds, Linebacker

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Total Contract: $US12,826,862

Signing Bonus: $US7,399,027


15. Oakland Raiders — Kolton Miller, Offensive Tackle

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Total Contract: $US13,651,129

Signing Bonus: $US7,998,494


14. New Orleans Saints — Marcus Davenport, Defensive End

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Total Contract: $US13,925,862

Signing Bonus: $US8,198,300


13. Washington Redskins — Da’Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle

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Total Contract: $US14,612,732

Signing Bonus: $US8,697,842


12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle

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Total Contract: $US15,024,853

Signing Bonus: $US8,997,566


11. Miami Dolphins — Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety

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Total Contract: $US16,673,360

Signing Bonus: $US10,196,480


10. Arizona Cardinals — Josh Rosen, Quarterback

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Total Contract: $US17,841,032

Signing Bonus: $US11,045,697


9. San Francisco 49ers — Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle

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TotalContract:$US18,596,442

Signing Bonus: $US11,595,085


8. Chicago Bears — Roquan Smith, Linebacker

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Total Contract: $US18,733,972

Signing Bonus: $US11,695,107


7. Buffalo Bills — Josh Allen, Quarterback

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Total Contract: $US21,481,462

Signing Bonus: $US13,693,282


6. Indianapolis Colts — Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard

Total Contract: $US24,228,952

Signing Bonus: $US15,691,456


5. Denver Broncos — Bradley Chubb, Defensive End

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Total Contract: $US27,663,313

Signing Bonus: $US18,189,173


4. Cleveland Browns — Denzel Ward, Cornerback

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Total Contract: $US29,586,562

Signing Bonus: $US19,587,900


3. New York Jets — Sam Darnold, Quarterback

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Total Contract: $US30,685,571

Signing Bonus: $US20,387,178


2. New York Giants — Saquon Barkley, Running Back

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Total Contract: $US31,647,174

Signing Bonus: $US21,086,526


1. Cleveland Browns — Baker Mayfield, Quarterback

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Total Contract: $US33,158,294

Signing Bonus: $US22,185,523

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